The New Ulm Medical Center has chosen an entire family to honor with it’s annual “Legends of Medicine” award this year. Members of the Fritsche family have been medical caregivers in the community of New Ulm since it’s founding. Dr. L.A. Fritsche was issued the very first medical license in the state in 1887, and practiced medicine in New Ulm for 44 years. Dr. Albert Fritsche became associated with his father and began practicing medicine in New Ulm in 1919. Dr. William Fritsche was also a partner in the Fritsche Clinic at that time, but died at the age of 27 in 1923 from tuberculosis. Dr. Carl J. Fritsche entered practice with his father and brother in 1931, and practiced medicine for 52 years in New Ulm. Dr. Ted Fritsche, the youngest brother, started as a doctor in New Ulm in 1933, and practiced for 51 years. He also served two terms as mayor of New Ulm. The Fritsches will be honored on December 15th as part of the New Ulm Medical Center’s annual Board of Director’s meeting.